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ODI Conformance Checklists for EBSCO Information Services

ODI Conformance Checklist: Content Provider

Y/B/P Recommended
Reference Comment
P 3.2.1.1 (1)
(p. 15)
EBSCO currently makes 262 full-text databases and other collections available to major discovery services through its metadata sharing and collaboration policy. Remaining resources not yet included as part of this policy are those considered “A&I” databases. Within the ODI recommended practices document, A&I resources are noted separately, acknowledging that there is a complex set of issues surrounding the inclusion of A&I service data within discovery services. The report states that “A&I resources must be treated with special consideration.” Additionally, ODI recommendations include reference to the NFAIS document on Recommended Practices: Discovery Services, which considers A&I resources in a similar manner by underscoring the risks associated with the incorrect use of subject indexes in ranking algorithms, issues surrounding the merging of records, etc. ODI suggests that a possible “next step” is to conduct more detailed research in this area to identify specific concerns and needs of A&I providers to potentially outline how discovery vendors may work to address these concerns. EBSCO supports the need for further investigation into this area as stated in EBSCO’s metadata sharing and collaboration policy.
Y 3.2.1.1 (2)
(p. 15)

Y 3.2.1.1 (3)
(p. 15)

Y 3.2.2
(p. 22)

Y 3.2.3
(p. 22)
Y 3.2.4
(p. 22)

ODI Conformance Checklist: Discovery Service Provider

Y/B/P Recommended
Reference Comment
Y 3.3.1
(p. 23)
Y 3.3.2
(p. 25)

Y 3.3.2 (1)
Y 3.3.2 (2)
Y 3.3.2 (3)
Y 3.3.2 (4)
Y 3.3.2 (5)
Y 3.3.2 (6)
Y 3.3.4.1
(pp. 27-8)
Y 3.3.4.1.1 (1)
Y 3.3.4.1.1 (2)
Y 3.3.2 (4)
Y 3.3.4.1.1 (3)
Y 3.3.4.1.2
(p. 28)
Y 3.3.4.2
Y 3.3.4.2 (1)
P 3.3.4.2 (2) EBSCOadmin offers several Session reports. While a dedicated report showing unique visitors per month is not fully available at this time, when run against a specific EBSCO Discovery Service “profile” or EDS “database,” this can give a close indication to the number of unique visitors to the discovery service. At present, these reports do not de-duplicate sessions to an IP address or specific individual visitor identifier (i.e., if a single user has visited the site more than once in a day). EDS also has the capability to embed Google Analytics tracking and to make use of the session/visitor reports within this tool. Because of the alternatives provided as described, a dedicated report on total number of unique visitors per month is not yet something that has been requested directly from an EDS customer. However, EBSCO is investigating the possibility of providing this detail more directly in light of the ODI recommendations, and has no opposition to this request in principle. As details become available, EBSCO will update its ODI conformance language related to potential availability of statistical information for unique visitors per month.
Y 3.3.4.2 (3)
P 3.3.4.2 (4) EBSCO has the ability to provide ad-hoc reports on top search queries to EBSCO Discovery Service customers upon request. Due to the resource-intense nature of these reports, they are not currently offered openly as part of standard EDS reporting for all customers. Additionally, EDS has the capability to embed Google Analytics tracking that allows for use of the search term tracking capabilities within this tool. This type of data has been requested by customers of EDS in addition to the recommendation from ODI. A dedicated top searches report is currently on the EBSCO roadmap for development. Date of completion and update to this conformance checklist will be provided as details become available.
Y 3.3.4.2 (5)